Bill Bigelow on banning Rethinking Columbus and critical pedagogy in Arizona

program date: 
Mon, 02/06/2012

Bill Resnick talks with writer and Portland-area teacher, Bill Bigelow, about how his book "Rethinking Columbus" was removed from Tuscon-area schools because it violates Arizona Law concerning teaching ethnic studies in Public Schools. Bill Bigelow explains how the crack-down on the Mexican-American studies program is about silencing pedagogy that encourages a historical appreciation for racial and other oppression in the USA---insisting that "in America there are no oppressors, only individuals." He also talks about his book, "Rethinking Columbus", which he published in the mid-90s to address the alarming dearth of information about the natives experience of Columbus' arrival to the "new world". He says that the book is a metaphor for the whole Mexican-American studies curricula, in that "it's a lesson in whose stories to pay attention to ignore."  

Bill Bigalow is also editor of the journal  Rethinking Schools and writes for their blog


  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 13:46 minutes (9.45 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)


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